Where to Stay in El Nido: Embrace the Island Life at These Stylish Airbnbs
You deserve a summer escapade.
by Ina Louise Manto | March 31, 2022
As travel restrictions ease, it’s becoming more apparent that Pinoys are feeling more confident to travel again. While international travel for leisure is limited to select countries, it’s high time we support the local travel industry by spending days exploring pieces of paradise on our islands. One top destination includes El Nido, which is the home of world-class beaches and islands. If you’re planning to spend a well-deserved summer escapade here, check out this list of stays:
Calypso Beach Hotel
If you’re visiting El Nido for a romantic getaway or honeymoon with your partner, Calypso Beach Hotel at Corong Corong Beach offers serene and picturesque villas that will give you front seats to a panoramic view of Bacuit Bay. It’s located in a less crowded area in El Nido, and the villa’s interiors alone will put you in a good mood. The outdoors is incorporated with the indoors using glass windows around the villa, making the space look brighter and more spacious. The hotel also has a pool that’s shared with other guests.
Rates start at P5,700 per night. Book your stay here.
Nestled right in the heart of El Nido, Happiness Boutique is ideal for traveling groups – from families to barkadas. The loft-style space has two bedrooms, with one located on the ground floor and opens to an outdoor view. It’s basically a house complete with a living room and can accommodate up to seven guests. Though there’s an in-house equipped kitchen already, there might be times when you would want to eat out. This stay is nearby restaurants; you can even start your food crawl right at the host’s restaurant, Happiness, and enjoy a 10% discount!
Rates start at P6,000 per night. Book your stay here.
Terra Sancta, which translates to “Sacred Earth” is a boutique hotel that offers a jungle-like environment with its grounds surrounded by lush tropical plants. It’s like you’re in a little sanctuary right in El Nido town. In theme with its name, the rooms boast bare walls and stylish bohemian decor – a space that’s truly snap-worthy! Some common areas include a swimming pool and a spacious dining area where you can try healthy meals.
Rates start at P4,314 per night. Book your stay here.
If you want to catch the best sunsets in El Nido, go for Las Cabanas. This private bungalow is located in Maremegmeg Beach, right at the tip of the island, offering a laid-back ambiance and an unobstructed view of nearby islands. The room has two beds that can comfortably sleep up to four guests, and a private veranda where you can enjoy your free breakfast. Las Cabanas is also near restaurants and bars where you can order cocktails during sunset.
Rates start at P7,286 per night. Book your stay here.
A trip to El Nido isn’t complete without seeing Nacpan Beach, and you can have this postcard-like view as your front yard when you book a tent at Nacpan Glamping. Experience beach camping but better – each six-meter tent is just luxe all over. From the air conditioning to the chic interiors, the glamping experience is comparable with a five-star hotel. Don’t forget to visit the in-house restaurant, Sunmai, where you can enjoy an international menu and cocktails.
Rates start at P9,825 per night. Book your stay here.
Perfect for couples, Casa Malaya offers luxe and romantic villas just a few minutes away from the dreamy Nacpan Beach. Their 106-sqm 1-BR villa is a private space that features unique antiques, tribal Filipino pieces, and lush greens. In front of the room is a lounging area that overlooks a private pool – it’s the spot to catch up on your current read, take your afternoon siesta, or get tan. During sunset, head down to the beach on a bike, which is a complimentary amenity during your stay.
Rates at the 1BR villa start at P7,000 per night. Book your stay here.
The One and Only
Can’t get enough of Nacpan Beach? You can stay right along its shores at The One and Only and your vacay will feel extra special because it’s literally the only villa on the beach. The two-story villa has two bedrooms for four guests, and an eight-meter-wide floor-to-ceiling glass that will let you wake up to an ocean view. You’ll have the entire second floor to yourself, including an expensive balcony, 65-in television, and access to the four-kilometer white sand beach.
Rates start at P9,000 per night. Book your stay here.
If you’re looking for a unique stay in El Nido, SV Kalayaan will let you have nearby lagoons as your view during your vacation. It’s not every day that you get to stay on a yacht! SV Kalayaan is a 12-meter Catamaran that can accommodate two guests. You’ll be sleeping at Captain’s Cabin where you’ll find a queen-sized bed, toilet and bath, and a small kitchen. Note that the yacht will remain stationary on anchor when you book a stay here; according to the owner, sailing packages are currently unavailable.
Rates start at P5,000 per night. Book your stay here.